Practice, process, product

Zoe Catherine Kendall is a London formed, York based multidisciplinary artist and jeweller, working with a wide range of materials including metal, ceramic, found objects, paint and pencil. ZCK begins to explore the relationships between diverse medium and materials.

 

Her latest series of jewellery and sculptural objects draw upon ancient and ethnic adornment, combined with sculptural forms, resulting in a hybrid of contemporary, archetypal and primitive aesthetics. This body of work includes very wear-able pieces alongside bold and experimental statement pieces, and sculptural artefacts.

ZCK's paintings seek to embody aspects of the human story; turning a thought, feeling or experience into a surreal apparition or revered subject; lifted from obscurity but beyond tangible grasp. The image of the pot represents humanities' creative and precarious evolution, the sea serves as a metaphor for energy and emotion, whilst portraits on playing cards speak of the individual print we place on the fabric of our lives. Abstract expressive pieces explore the corporal element of touch and the ensuing feelings through colour and composition.

 

Origins and journeys

ZCK was originally inspired by an artistic upbringing and family, with a father who has dedicated his career to teaching art, photography and ceramics, a grandmother who made jewellery, a grandfather who led the ceramics and metalwork department at Camberwell College of Arts and a great grandfather, Bernard Leach, who played a significant role in 20th century art, shaping British studio pottery for successive generations. 

 

After graduating from a Jewellery Design BA at Central Saint Martins in 2007, ZCK launched her first jewellery collection which was represented by several independent galleries and larger shops in around London including Kabiri, Selfridges, The Last Tuesday Society and Johnny Rocket, receiving national and international press recognition. Since then her practice has become increasingly diverse. Recent collections have been exhibited at According to McGee, CoCA at York Art Gallery, Bils & Rye and Lottie Inch. 

Earlier themes have included self and other in relationship, including confessional work traversing grief and trauma, involving drawn and painted imagery alongside performance, writing, artefacts and artists' books.

Current representation

Watermark Gallery, Harrogate (website and online shop)

Pyramid Gallery, York (website and online shop)

Exhibitions, performances and representation
2020...
Ringleaders, Pyramid Gallery, York

2019...

CoCA shop at York Art Gallery, York

Bils & Rye Gallery

Christmas Show, Pyramid Gallery, York

2018...
According to McGee Gallery, York
Ceramic and Design Now Festival, Lotte Inch Gallery, York
Emerging Artists Exhibition 2018, Bils & Rye Gallery
York Open Studios
2017...
Solo Show, Fossgate Social, York.
Artist of the Month, Owl & Monkey, York.
2013...  

Connect, Fabelist Collective at A-Side B-Side Gallery, London.

Art Taro; performance art, In Dreams Exhibition, Cob Gallery, London.

Synaesthesia and the Senses, Fabelist Collective at Unit 3 Project Space, London.

Diary Reading, Hoax Publication Launch, Studio 1.1, London.

Short Story Reading, Time book launch by Lazy Gramophone, Shop, Drink & Do, London.

2012...

The Other Art Fair as part of Fabelist Collective, Ambika 3, London.

Where is Romeo? Performance art piece, Smash Lab IV at The Book Club, London.

Imprint, Fabelist Collective at Serpentine Gallery's Centre for Possible Studies London.

2011...

Self-Series painting and drawing installation as part of Pop-Up Circus II at Netil House, London.

Private Spaces, curatorial project showcasing 7 emerging artists including work by ZCK at Zoe's Place in association with Underbelly London, London.

Rummage Sale and Floor of the Forest at Barbican Art Gallery as part of 'Pioneers of the Down town Scene, New York 1970s' with Trisha Brown, Laurie Anderson and Gordon Matta-Clark, London.

Live painting performance, PERT, Peckham Bussey Building, London.

Love fools, live art performance, Shunt, London Bridge.

2010...

To be destroyed, Soho Square former Football Association HQ, London. 

Self-series; swimming in my mind, film screening, Short Film Sessions at Rich Mix, London.

Live painting at Streetfest, Whitechapel, London.

2009... 

A window into wearable art, solo jewellery show with illustrations by Ted Pearce, Kabiri, London.

2008...

Clerkenwell Dressed, Craft Central, London

Collections, The Spring Jewellery Show, CSM Graduate stand, Earls Court London.

Designer Crafts at The Mall Galleries, London.

2007

September Exhibition, The Workshop Lewes, Sussex.          

New Designers, The Business Design Centre, London.

CSMXL, Lethaby Gallery, London.

Direction 07, Lethaby Gallery, London.

Publications

2014, Feature and Interview on Anxiety Arts Festival 2014. Read

2013, Short Story & Illustrations in Time, a collaborative book, Lazy Gramophone Artists & Press.

2010-12, Contributing artist and writer for Run Riot. Examples:Tracey Emin at Hayward Gallery Review,

Sandy Nairne Interview​.



Press

 

2020, Yorkshire Living. Read (pg 27)

2017, York Press. Read

2013, Hoax Publication. Read

2011, Dazed and Confused, interview with artist. Read

2010, ​Sabotage review of Lazy Gramophone with mention of the artist. Read

2009, Dazeddigital interview about award winning exhibit A window into wearable art for London Jewellery Week. Read​

2009, Susie Bubble from Dazeddigital interviews Zoe. Read​

2008​, Vogue.com feature. 

​2008, Printed features in Dazed and Confused, Madame Figaro, Metro.

​Awards ​
 

2012, Shortlisted for Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.

2009, Coutts New Jeweller Award. ​

© Zoe Catherine Kendall 2020